America Goes Over (Part II)
Signal Corps film of World War I. One of the early controlled efforts to produce a government newsreel.
World War I
Subject: The numbers
1,800,000 Russian Soldiers were killed
1,400,000 French Soldiers were killed
1,100,000 Austrian Soldiers were killed
900,000 British Soldiers were killed
800,000 Ottoman Soldiers were killed
650,000 Italian Soldiers were killed
100,000 U.S. Soldiers were killed
It was a war where the Generals dehumanized their own troops. The strategy of British and French Generals was that if they killed each other on a one to one basis, the Allies would win the war because they had more soldiers to sacrifice. There is a scene in the movie All Quiet on the Western Front where the Germans storm an Allied trench, take the trench, then are ordered back to the base because the Generals had no intention of keeping the trench. Simply an exercise to keep the boys busy. Extra rations for those who survived.
Subject: USA in WWI
Hmmm. Le run away?
I give this film all stars because of it's preservation, and quality. A shame there is no music to go along with the soldiers.
Both my Grandfathers were in that war, my Mother's father was hit with mustard gas, which was with him all his life.
Subject: Awesome and Very Stirring
Awesome battle scenes are shown here, with fire guns, heavy artillery, and something called a Y gun, which looks really scary, and even scarier when people are just hanging around as it goes off.
Amazing scenes of past president Woodrow Wilson and Teddy Roosevelt seeing the troops off to war as well.
Just an incredible film, and very well worth to see.